Round 16 Insights Pack

The URC StatMaster Insights Pack has been launched to allow fans, media and broadcasters to deep dive into the data produced by the teams and players of the United Rugby Championship.

Powered by the URC’s official stat providers Oval Rugby and supported by historic information from Stuart Farmer Media Services (SFMS), the URC StatMaster applies context to the data available for each match in the upcoming round.

The URC StatMaster isn’t just about ranking the top scorers or tacklers, it pinpoints the metrics that provide real insight into the match-ups taking place and what factors can prove influential in the winning and losing.

Performance data fields for teams and players are used and combined with reports and analysis on penalties, 22 entry data and times of scoring to provide a one-page insight report on each fixture.

The goal of the URC StatMaster Insight Pack is to help demystify the game and make it easier to explain through simplified data.

DHL STORMERS v GLASGOW WARRIORS

DHL Stormers
• Manie Libbok is the URC’s top points scorer with 127, 18 clear of Leinster’s Ross Byrne. The DHL Stormers as a team rank 6th for points scored with 386
• The DHL Stormers have made more clean breaks than any other team in the URC with 118 – that’s 17 more than the next best, Leinster, with 101. Leolin Zas accounts for 16 of those clean breaks. Only Vodacom Bulls pair Madosh Tambwe and Kurt-Lee Arendse (both 18) have made more
• Discipline has been one area of weakness for the DHL Stormers this season, having been shown a URC-high 12 yellow cards

Glasgow Warriors
• Glasgow Warriors have missed fewer tackles than any other side so far this season (154) for a success rate of 92.37%, which is also the competition’s best
• No side has lost fewer line-out throws than Danny Wilson’s men, who are level on 18 in that category with Scottish rivals Edinburgh
• Glasgow Warriors have won 97.03% of their scrums this season, a URC-leading figure which could be an area of strength for them against the DHL Stormers, who are 4th from bottom of that list on 90.91%

Did you know?
• The DHL Stormers’ only home defeat this season came when the Emirates Lions visited Cape Town on December 4
• Glasgow Warriors have lost only 2 of their previous 10 fixtures against South African opposition, at the Southern Kings in September 2018 and the Cheetahs a year later
• The DHL Stormers’ only previous encounter with Scottish opposition was a 20-20 draw at Edinburgh in October

URC StatMaster – Likelihood of Play-Off Qualification
DHL Stormers: 91%
Glasgow Warriors: >99%

ULSTER v MUNSTER
Ulster
• Ulster have given very little away this season and their tally of 133 penalties conceded is the best in the URC. They have conceded 82 of those in defence, which is also the best in the league
• No team has made more tackles than Dan McFarland’s side in the URC this season, racking up a total of 2,168. Nick Timoney has made 187 of those to top the individual standings while Alan O’Connor is second with 156
• Ulster top the URC for line-out throws won with 215, although they only rank 7th when that number is taken as a percentage (88.11%)

Munster
• Fineen Wycherley is the northern hemisphere player to have played the most minutes in the URC this season, racking up 1,087. Ulster’s Billy Burns (1,038) is the only other European player in the top 11
• No team has been shown fewer yellow cards in the URC this season this Munster, who are level with Leinster on 3
• Alongside Glasgow Warriors, Munster have lost just 3 scrums – the lowest figure in the competition

Did you know?
• Munster have won 21 of 40 URC meetings between these sides, with Ulster victorious in 17 and 2 ending in a draw
• Ulster have won their last 7 URC matches at the Kingspan Stadium since losing to Connacht during last season’s Rainbow Cup, including both of their previous home matches against fellow Irish provinces this term
• Munster beat Ulster 18-13 at Thomond Park in January but have not done the double over the men from Belfast since 2016-17, losing on each of their last 4 visits

URC StatMaster – Likelihood of Play-Off Qualification
Ulster: >99%
Munster: 99%

EDINBURGH RUGBY v ZEBRE PARMA
Edinburgh Rugby
• Edinburgh have collectively beaten more defenders than any other team in the URC, amassing a total of 342 over the course of the campaign. Henry Immelman leads the way with 42 for the Scottish capital club – a figure that is matched only by the Vodacom Bulls’ Madosh Tambwe and Connacht’s Mack Hansen
• Mike Blair’s men are also joint top for turnovers won, alongside the Emirates Lions on 112, although they have no players in the individual top 10 for this stat, with Magnus Bradbury their highest-ranked star in 12th with 12
• Edinburgh are the URC’s most efficient team when it comes to winning their line-outs, boasting a 91.86% success rate

Zebre Parma
• The scrum has been an area of strength for Zebre Parma this season, winning 94.81% to place them fifth in the URC
• Zebre Parma are playing their second consecutive match against Scottish opponents, having suffered a 40-12 defeat at Glasgow Warriors on April 1

Did you know?
• Edinburgh have lost only 1 of their last 5 matches against Italian opposition, going down 28-27 to Benetton in Treviso in October
• The DAM Health Stadium outfit have won their last 4 matches against Zebre Parma, whose only previous victory in Scotland was a 19-14 win against Edinburgh at Murrayfield in October 2016

URC StatMaster – Likelihood of Play-Off Qualification
Edinburgh: 97%
Zebre Parma: 0%

EMIRATES LIONS v CONNACHT
Emirates Lions
• The Emirates Lions have won 112 turnovers this season, matching Edinburgh for the best record in the competition. Vincent Tshituka and Andre Warner have made the biggest contributions to that total, both with 8
• Ivan van Rooyen’s side tend to give very little away and their total of 140 penalties conceded is the third lowest in the URC. This weekend they come up against the team who have conceded the most (179)

Connacht
• Connacht’s tally of 156 offloads for the season places them 4th in the URC but top among their fellow Irish provinces. Tom Farrell has made the most in a Connacht jersey with 16
• Only Ulster (2,168) and the Scarlets (2,107) have made more tackles than Connacht (2,079) this season, although they rank only 10th when it comes to the success rate of those tackles (87.83%)

Did you know?
• The Emirates Lions have won their last 4 URC matches at Emirates Airline Park since the DHL Stormers triumphed there on February 12
• Connacht have won their last 8 matches against South African opponents, having last suffered defeat to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in 2018

URC StatMaster – Likelihood of Play-Off Qualification
Emirates Lions: <1%
Connacht: 2%

CARDIFF RUGBY v OSPREYS
Cardiff Rugby
• Cardiff tend to keep their noses clean in attack, having conceded the fewest penalties in offence of any side in the URC this season (37). They rank 7th best for penalties conceded overall with 152
• Hallam Amos has gained more metres than any other player among the Welsh regions, with his 515 placing him 3 ahead of Scarlets number 8 Sione Kalamafoni

Ospreys
• Cardiff may lead the way when it comes to keeping the penalty count low in attack but only Ulster (133) have a better overall record for penalties conceded than the Ospreys (139)
• The Swansea-based region know how to punish their opponents from the tee when they win penalties, too, having kicked a competition-high 35 penalty goals this season. Both Stephen Myler (18) and Gareth Anscombe (16) are in the top 4 for penalties scored
• Rhys Webb is the competition’s top try scorer among scrum-halves, with his 6 putting him just ahead of Edinburgh’s Ben Vellacott and the Emirates Lions’ Morne van den Berg (both 5)

Did you know?
• The Ospreys’ last 10 fixtures in the URC have all been won by the home side
• The Swansea.com Stadium outfit have won their last 3 fixtures against Cardiff since the Blue and Blacks triumphed 29-20 at Rodney Parade in August 2020
• This will be the first meeting between the sides at the Arms Park since 2013

URC StatMaster – Likelihood of Play-Off Qualification
Cardiff: <1%
Ospreys: 6%

CELL C SHARKS v LEINSTER
Cell C Sharks
• The Cell C Sharks are among the heaviest scorers in the competition, having racked up 420 points for the season so far – the third-highest tally in the URC. Curwin Bosch has made the biggest contribution to this total with 100, at an average of 11.11 per game
• Few teams deploy their kicking game as consistently as the Cell C Sharks, who have racked up 402 kicks in play and gained 11,851 metres with the boot – both leading figures in the competition

Leinster
• Leinster have crossed for 10 more tries than any other team in the competition, with Max Deegan (6) the leading contributor to their combined tally of 66
• The league leaders top the stats for carries (2,061) and metres gained (6,898) among other things while Ross Byrne’s 33 conversions are also a high watermark for the competition

Did you know?
• Leinster are 10 points clear at the top of the URC and could clinch the season-end top-spot should results go their way this weekend
• The Cell C Sharks’ only previous fixture against an Irish province was their 42-17 defeat to Munster in Limerick in September
• Leinster have lost just once before to a South African opponent – beaten on a trip to the Cheetahs in September 2017

URC StatMaster – Likelihood of Play-Off Qualification
Cell C Sharks: 88%
Leinster: 100%

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